Category Archives: pets

Ways Cats Express Their Feelings

Cats express their feelings and affections to other cats and humans in a variety of unique ways. Pet owners should learn to understand their pet’s vocalizations and body language in order to understand what their pet is trying to convey.

  • Bunting

Bunting is a behavior unique to felines, and it is done by bumping their heads or rubbing their cheeks on people and objects. Scent glands on their heads and cheeks enable cats to leave their scent and stake their claims.

  • Purring

There are many types of purrs emitted by cats. Interacting with your kitty on a regular basis will help you distinguish between the different tones, volumes, and sounds that may convey happiness, sadness, fear, concern, etc.

  • Rolling

Cats affectionately greet their owners by throwing themselves near their owner’s feet. Rolling is a behavior reserved for people they trust because it is a very vulnerable position since their belly is exposed.

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Nutritional Supplements For Senior Dogs

Nutritional supplements help meet a senior dog’s need for essential nutrients. Even if your pet is eating a lifestage-appropriate diet, he may be suffering from an illness that is interfering with his ability to digest, metabolize, and utilize nutrients from pet food.

Common supplement options for senior dogs

  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin

These are popular joint supplements which are often recommended for joint problems. Glucosamine and chondroitin has been shown to alleviate signs of osteoarthritis and other joint problems.

  • Antioxidants

Antioxidants support the integrity and boost immune system function. Some popular antioxidants for senior pets include vitamin E and beta carotene.

  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)

These are types of prebiotics that support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the stomach and intestines. Fructooligosaccharides help promote a healthy digestive tract environment.

It is a good idea to consult your veterinarian before using any type of supplement on your dog or cat.

Premium Food Promotes Optimum Nutrition In Kittens

The importance of giving only high quality food to kittens cannot be overemphasized. When choosing pet food, make sure to buy from a reputable company, one that is recommended by your veterinarian.

One way to be certain that you are giving a high quality kitten food for your pet is to check the label. Premium quality pet food manufactured by reputable companies always adheres to the nutritional requirements established by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and there will be a statement to this effect on the product label. Kitten food that is labeled “complete and balanced nutrition” should mean that a healthy kitten will have no more need for mineral or vitamin supplementation.

Some pet owners choose to give their kittens homemade diets. However, caution should be exercised in formulating a ration for kittens. Remember, cats are true carnivores. Even if you are giving an all-meat homemade diet, it can have insufficient levels of calcium which can pave the way for hyperparathyroidism. It is a good idea to work with a pet nutritionist when formulating a homemade diet for your kitten. To learn more, contact your animal care tips.

Tips For Maintaining Water Quality In Misting Systems of Pet Reptile Enclosures

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One of the most important factors that should be met when keeping reptiles is to maintain high humidity inside their vivarium. The need to install a good misting system cannot be overemphasized.

One of the fundamentals to be considered when installing a misting system is the water quality. In general, ordinary tap water contains several types of minerals and chemicals that can have a negative effect on the system, the vivarium, as well as the inhabitants inside. The nozzles and other components of the misting system could get clogged, the reptiles and plants can develop health issues, and mineral deposits on the sides of the tank and fixtures create an ugly, hazy film that’s ugly to look at.

There should be very few chemicals and mineral pollutants in the water as possible, and the best way to achieve this is to use purified water. You can have purified water in two ways. One way is to buy distilled or purified water for the vivarium’s misting system. But in order for the misting system to operate, the supply container must always have enough water in it so you need to check it regularly.

Another way to get purified water is to incorporate a water filtration system into the tank’s misting system. The use of a water filter is mandatory if the misting system is connected to a faucet or other sources of tap water.  The filter will reduce the amount of harmful compounds and removes most minerals from the water. For more details visit your local Animal Hospital.

Why Reptiles Need To Be Well-Hydrated

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Staying well-hydrated is very important for pet reptiles. It is one of the essential components of their nutrition and husbandry that help promote efficient digestion as well as utilization of nutrients.

Without proper hydration, the digestive process of reptiles can be halted and nutrient absorption is inhibited. In their natural habitats, reptiles are wired to conserve water efficiently. Those that live in arid regions can go for a considerable length of time without drinking. To escape the heat, reptiles instinctively burrows deep into the ground where it’s moist and cool, thus keeping their bodies well-hydrated. They can also get water from what they eat. Suffice to say, in their natural habitat, reptiles have adapted so many ways to satisfy their moisture requirements.

But it’s a different story for captive reptiles. It’s the responsibility of the keeper to provide moisture inside the reptile’s enclosure. This can be achieved by a variety of methods such as misting, placing a water inside the enclosure, periodic soaking of the reptile, or a combination of these methods. For more information visit your Vet care.

Abscess Formation In Dogs And Cats

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The abscess can form when surface wounds or skin irritations become infected with certain types of bacteria and are left untreated. The formation of an abscess can occur on any part of the animal’s body.

The most common bacteria that cause skin infections are Pasteurella multocida and Staphylococcus intermedius, which can easily be treated using topical ointments. However, any of these bacteria can invade the deeper parts of the skin and cause infection which can be a serious issue. Without any treatment, the wound can develop into a painful abscess.

To make sure that the right antibiotic is used for treatment, your veterinarian needs to take a swab of the infected wound to identify the strain of bacteria that is present. A blood test may also be performed to see if the infection has reached the bloodstream. The appropriate treatment plan can only be made by your veterinarian once test results are available and a proper diagnosis is reached. For more details visit your local Animal Hospital.

 

Guinea Pigs Are Prone To Vitamin C Deficiency

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Like humans, guinea pigs cannot create vitamin C in their body. In order to meet their daily needs, there should be adequate vitamin C in their diet. Without adequate intake of the vitamin, they can develop vitamin C deficiency, a condition that is commonly called Scurvy.

Even with adequate consumption of vitamin C, some guinea pigs suffer from scurvy because of certain underlying health issues and physical conditions that prevent their bodies from metabolizing efficiently the vitamin from their diet.

Some important signs of vitamin C deficiency in guinea pigs

Joints are swollen thus affected cavies have difficulty moving around

Bleeding may occur and is often noticeable in small wounds that don’t heal rapidly and just under the skin’s surface; the cavy may also be prone to internal bleeding.

Loss of weight which is primarily due to a loss of appetite Rough hair coat giving the cavy an unkempt appearance. For more details visit your local Animal Hospital.